Obituary: Scott Brachmann 'pushed the outer limits'

  • Article by: ROSE FRENCH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 22, 2011 - 8:47 PM

The retired Navy SEAL had just returned from Kenya when he died of a heart attack at age 48, his wife said.

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Scott David Brachmann lived the exciting -- and often dangerous -- life of a Navy Seal for nearly 20 years.

Traveling the world on different assignments for the U.S. military, Brachmann was fearless and "really did live his life to the fullest in each and every aspect. He definitely pushed the outer limits of everything," said Macara Brachmann, his wife.

Macara Brachmann said she always thought her husband would someday "go down as a Rambo somewhere," never dreaming he'd suddenly die of a heart attack at the age of 48. He passed away at home in Northfield, Minn., on Dec. 12.

"He touched so many people's lives," she said. "We had to share him with everybody. We as his family knew that. Because he really did have a calling."

Born in Seoul, South Korea, on Jan. 23, 1963, Brachmann was adopted when he was 8 by Kenneth and Shirley Brachmann and grew up in Prior Lake, where he became an accomplished high school wrestler and saxophone player.

After graduating in 1982 he joined the Navy, and trained to become a Seal. He married Macara in August 1996 in California, where they lived nearly 15 years before moving to Minnesota.

After 21 years in the Navy, Brachmann retired in 2004 and moved to Northfield with his family. From 2004 to 2009, Scott worked with the State Department's High Threat Ambassadors Protection Detail in Baghdad, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Macara said her husband rarely shared many of the details of his demanding career with her or their two sons. But he said he "had a good time. He could take on the world. Who else gets to go and do all the crazy stuff they do?"

Brachmann especially cherished the time he spent with his young boys, Mitchell and Jack, she said.

Most recently, he traveled the world providing maritime security for the Virginia-based Trident Group. Part of his job involved confronting pirates in international waters.

He had returned home from Kenya just before his death.

Brachmann had significant blockage in three of his arteries, the likely cause of the heart attack, Macara said.

In addition to his wife, sons and parents, Brachmann is survived by daughters Kayla Neenan, of Maryland, and Jennifer Smith, of Washington; his biological mother and stepfather, Suk Won and Robert Thibdeau of Maryland; his brother, Mark, of Blaine; his sisters, Drew Persinger and Denise Kelly, both of Maryland, and Kim Gambill of Savage.

Services were held Monday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Northfield.

Rose French • 612-673-4352

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